4 & 5 Year Old Preschool

CHICKADEES, WOOLLY BEARS & TADPOLES

Our second year preschool program is for four and five year olds (Chickadees, Woolly Bears & Tadpoles) and runs three days each week. Children must be four by Sept 30. There are three classes:

Woolly Bears – Mon, Wed, Fri – 8:30-11:30
18 children/3 teachers

Chickadees – Mon, Wed, Fri – 8:30-11:30
10 children/2 teachers

Tadpoles – Mon, Wed, Fri – 12:00-3:00
12-18 children/2-3 teachers

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CHICKADEE, WOOLLY BEAR AND TADPOLE

The children arrive and play outdoors until the bell rings. After going inside, they put away their belongings, and go to circle. This is a time when all the children gather to share experiences or a special treasure. Together we learn new songs, poems, or finger plays. In addition, we sometimes exercise to music. Gross motor skills are developed and strengthened as we stretch, crawl, jump, hop, gallop, skip or march around the room. We discuss information related to the unit we are currently studying, and introduce the activities for the day.

At Snack Time, each child has a turn to bring in snack to share with his/her classmates several times throughout the year. The child who brought in the snack helps set the table for the group. (The Tadpoles enjoy their snack after Clean-Up and Library.)

During Work and Play Time, the children choose from three to five activities that may vary from day to day. One activity is usually the project that everyone will complete that day or the following day. The other activities will vary among fine motor activities, gross motor activities, and game playing. There may be painting, blocks, dress-ups, obstacle courses, puzzles, dolls, and water/sand table activities. The creative art project is related to the season, holiday, or topic which we are focusing.

Next comes Clean-Up and Library, where the children cooperate to clean up after all our free play activities. Once the child has cleaned up a designated area of the room, s/he sits quietly with a book either alone, or with a friend, enjoying all that books have to offer.

At Storytime, the children gather in a cozy corner for a story. Many times the story will relate to the topic of the day or tie in with the art project. This time might involve acting out a favorite story or fairy tale. Putting on plays or musicals is a favorite activity.

The children then go out to play until the ringing bell calls the children to gather on the benches to await their carpools.

Special:
Music – Music is a vital part of each day at Acorn School. Our program is designed so that songs and musical activities become an integral part of the Acorn curriculum. Many of the songs and activities have been passed down through the years making Acorn the special place that it is. Creative movement, rhythm instruments, finger plays, song stories and the simple joy of singing are only some of the wys we help children learn to love music during these early years. In addition, Acorn’s special music class one day a week for each age level underlines the important place we give to music in the lives of our children.

OBJECTIVES FOR

CHICKADEES, WOOLLY BEARS AND TADPOLES 

  • Develop a good self-image and feeling of confidence through self-expression and positive reinforcements
  • Become more aware of him/herself as an individuals and to feel a part of the Acorn community
  • Appreciate and respect each other through kindness, sharing, using manners, and following rules
  • Successfully enter and exit a play situation
  • Use words to express feelings and solve problems
  • Improve gross motor skills through activities such as climbing, swinging, hanging from monkey bars and yoga
  • Improve fine motor skills while manipulating small objects (blocks, cars, clay, etc.)
  • Enhance and strengthen the ability to grasp and use crayons, markers, and scissors appropriately
  • Increase attention span and develop good listening skills
  • Appreciate learning, literature, cultures, and music
  • Become more aware and familiar with following directions
  • Become an effective communicator of their feelings and experiences with their peers and adults by using words to express feelings and solve problems
  • Appreciate and respect nature
  • Recall and sequence events
  • Understand spatial relationships
  • Write one’s first name
  • Recognize the upper case alphabet and begin to associate sounds with appropriate letters
  • Be exposed to the lower case alphabet
  • Recognize and understand the concept of numbers 1 through 10
  • Recognize colors, shapes, simple patterns and the seasons of the year

EXTENDED DAY

Monday and Friday 11:30 – 1:30

Objectives for Extended Day

To provide a safe and happy place for children to further increase their social and learning experiences.

To help prepare a child for the longer elementary school day.

11:30 Recess – Outdoor time to play with peers and get some exercise
12:00 Lunch
12:20 Library Time  an opportunity to listen to a story, read a book or hear music
12:30 Activity Time  a varied program which includes art projects, gymnastics, a hike through the woods, ioutside play or dramatics among others.
1:30 Carpool

ENRICHMENT

Tuesday (Tadpoles) 1:30-3:00 or Wedenesday (Chickadees and Woolly Bears) 1 1:30 – 1:30

Objectives for Enrichment

This monthly theme changing program provide a safe and happy place for children to further increase their social and learning experiences.

To help prepare a child for the longer elementary school day.

11:30/1:30 Recess – Outdoor time to play with peers and get some exercise
12:00/2:30 Lunch/Snack
12:20 Library Time  an opportunity to listen to a story, read a book or hear music
12:30/1:50 Activity Time  an opportunity to explore and do activities pertaining to different topics such as; puppettry, baking, games, story-telling, favorite authors, scince and more.
1:30 Carpool

CLUB ACORN

Thursday 11:30-1:30

Objectives for Club Acorn

To provide multi-age experience

To provide a TimberNook experiences with inovative play opportunities that challenge the sences and inspire creativity, imagination and independent play in the the great outdoors. safe and happy place for children to further increase their social and learning experiences.

To provide a science and social studies program that complements Acorns curriculum.

11:30 Lunch 
11:50 TimberNook Experience
1:30 Carpool